Announcing Vanessa Manko as our 2019 Spring Writer in Residence

(photo by Beowulf Sheehan)

The Kratz Center is proud to welcome author Vanessa Manko this coming spring.  Ms. Manko is the author of The Invention of Exile (Penguin), which was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, a Barnes & Noble Fall ’14 Discover Great New Writers pick, and named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews. She earned her MFA from Hunter College where she was the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship. Her work has appeared in Granta, The New York Times Magazine, The Barnes & Noble Review and on NPR’s Selected Shorts. She has taught writing at Wesleyan University, NYU and SUNY Purchase.

Ms. Manko will teach WRT 420 on Thursday afternoons at 12:30 in JR 228, the Kratz Seminar Room.  The author will read from her work on the night of April 17, 2019.

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